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Engine emission legislation - Stage V

This passed me by completely, but new small engine emission legislation came into force on January 1st 2019.

This Stage V legislation covers diesel engines used in non-road mobile machinery, such as wood chippers, stump grinders, mowers and skid steer machinery. 

It seeks to limit emissions ( much like the Euro 5, 6 diesel  legislation ) currently being implemented by car & van makes and seen in practical effect with low emission zone charges in major cities.

Luckily (?) for us it is not retrospective, nor prohibits or end-of-life’s our ability to use, sell or buy 2nd hand machines BUT new machinery will need to adhere to this standard once stocks of pre Stage V engines have run out ( these stopped being made on 31st Dec 2018).

Apparently it could mean a move away from diesels back to petrol engines for new machinery in our industry in coming years, however I’m sure with matching increased purchase / running costs.

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    And presumably there will be more four stroke engines rather than two strokes burning oil with the smaller engines than these.

     Andy 

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